Imaginary Trends

Some would cite self-mutilating Van Gogh or Salvador Dalí (who admitted to dressing in a king's robe and pushing a kid off a cliff as a five-year-old) as proof that craziness and creativity go hand in hand. Others argue that artists just have wild imaginations.

That’s the idea behind the group exhibit “Reality Reimagined.” The group show features Christy Puetz’s whimsical dolls called “Secrets,” which carry an elaborate backstory revealing just how fine the line is between imagination and insanity. “‘The Secrets’ are little runty beings that spend their time wandering through a silent and desolate landscape collecting and hiding secrets," she explains in an artist’s statement. “They cannot share these secrets … so they store them in the horned capsules atop their heads.”


Visitors will also see cartoon strips by local Jon Haddock and art by Brazil’s Elvis Almeida that will evolve over the course of the two-month show. Also, Rio de Janeiro-based artist Carlos Contente will treat the eyes to some very strange self-portraits.

Fri., Aug. 6, 6-10 p.m., 2010